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National Bird Guard Week – 9th to 13th March

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It is estimated that over a million birds die each year by getting trapped in chimneys. The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps says, “Sweeps find all sorts of dead birds in chimneys – owls, starlings, pigeons, jackdaws and sparrows are among the many species. We’ve even heard of a duck and the occasional bat!”. Unfortunately the problem of birds in chimneys includes old fireplaces that have been blocked off at the bottom but left open at the top – often birds will fly in and not be able to get out.

It is essential that the correct bird guard is fitted for your type of chimney, and you can contact us to receive expert advice on this matter. Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps technical director Steven Howard gives the following advice, “it is very important that the correct design of guard is fitted. Always use a professional chimney sweep or fireplace installer. They know what is safe to fit and how to fit it properly. Never use homemade devices and never push mesh into the top of a chimney, it can be dangerous.”

Preventing birds from making their nests in your chimney will also protect you from dangerous situations such as carbon monoxide entering your room due to the blockage, and chimney fires.

Support National Bird Guard Week and get in touch to chat about having a bird guard fitted on your chimney.

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Birds in your Chimney

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It is obviously inconvenient to have birds nesting in your chimney, but it can also be very dangerous as a blockage can cause carbon dioxide to come in to your room.

Another issue is that under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is an offence to remove a nest whilst the birds are nesting. Luckily nesting season is from March – August, so unless we have a very cold Spring and Summer you are unlikely to be lighting your fire.

Birds that nest in chimneys are quite large (often jackdaws) and therefore the nest is much larger than you might see in a bush or tree. It’s important that you have a professional remove the nest because

  1. It’s a very dirty job
  2. Professionals have the right equipment to seal the chimney and remove the nest with as little disruption as possible
  3. Standard sweeping rods will be unlikely to remove the whole nest
  4. How will you know if you got it all? Out CCTV equipment ensures complete removal
  5. You’ll need a bird guard fitting otherwise they’ll be back next year!

If you haven’t had a bird nest in your chimney, but you don’t have a bird guard, we can sort that out for you too.